The UN calls on South African firms to bid for aviation companies contracts

One of the biggest acquisitions of companies from the UN is for air transport, and South African firms are inspired to bid on these contracts as native firms have the crucial capability and expertise.

This is one among the outcomes that emerged from the UN procurement summit held at CSIR in Pretoria on Friday, the place senior UN officers unpacked UN procurement processes and necessities.

In 2021, the UN Secretariat spent practically $ 3 billion on procurement, with the biggest single merchandise ICT ($ 418 million), intently adopted by air transport ($ 394 million), with development and development in third place with $ 331 million. Fuels, together with jet gas, have been quantity 5 at $ 234 million.

In 2021, 14.5% of all UN Secretariat spending was on aviation contracts. When spending was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN identified that aviation is normally the biggest class of spending, as was the case in 2019, when the Secretariat spent $ 478 million on air transport, adopted by ICT to $ 418 million, and gas to $ 372 million. million {dollars}.

Commercial aviation spending fell barely in the course of the pandemic, however is rising once more. For instance, the associated fee of business aviation was $ 461 million in 2018, $ 478 million in 2019, $ 371 million in 2020 and $ 394 million in 2021.

On common, the annual price of long-term flight constitution companies accounts for 70% of all aviation prices.

There are 5 major pillars of UN aviation procurement: long-term air constitution for the carriage of cargo and passengers in mission areas; aeronautical evacuation; long-term air constitution agreements for the strategic motion of troops out and in of missions; advert hoc / VIP necessities; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

As of June 2022, the UN had 173 plane with fastened and rotating wings on business contracts and army support letters all over the world. These are as follows: MINURSO in Western Sahara (5); UNSMIL in Libya (1); UNFICYP in Cyprus (3); UNIFIL in Lebanon (7); UNAMI in Iraq (2); UNAMA in Afghanistan (2); UNMHA in Yemen (2); UNITAMS in Sudan (3); UNSOS in Somalia (23); UNISFA and Abyei (11); UNMISS in South Sudan (26); MONUSCO and DRC (41); MINSUCA IN THE CAR (21); UNOWAS in Senegal (1); UNVMC in Colombia (2); and MINUSMA in Mali (49). Of these missions, MINUSMA, MONUSCO and MINUSCA function a whole of 26 unmanned aerial automobiles, together with Aladdin, Luna, Heron I, Orbiter 2/3 and Falco Evo plane.

The majority (67%) of UN air property are rotating wings, with 20% fastened wings and 13% unmanned. Rotary wing property embrace Bell 212, CH-146/147, MD500, Mi-17, Mi-24, Mi-26, Mi-8, Oryx, Puma and Rooivalk helicopters. Fixed-wing plane vary from massive to small and embrace the C-130 / L-300 Hercules, Saab 340s, Il-76s, Beech 1900s, ATR 72, An-26s and others.

Procurement Assistant Jean Murphy and Remy Raul, Procurement Officer on the Aviation Department of the UN Procurement Division, advised summit members that the UN is switching from assured air ambulance contracts to a number of responsibility necessities (not devoted) and in addition switching to standby / non-guaranteed contracts for advert hoc passenger transport. It expects to situation extra ISR necessities in the approaching months.

Current choices embrace a number of requires mission air property; requests for proposals (RFPs) for UAVs and ISR companies, with forthcoming choices, together with fastened and rotating wing companies, in help of UN peacekeeping operations; fastened and rotating wing companies in help of UNITAMS in Sudan; world strategic troop motion flights; common heavy cargo flights for UNMISS and MONUSCO, and ISR companies for a number of missions.

By Guy Martin

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